☆ Chinese Economy Paralysed By Outbreak, Sharp Contraction Seen In Q1
China’s factories were dealt a devastating blow in February as the coronavirus epidemic triggered the sharpest contraction in activity on record, a private survey showed on Monday, with the health crisis paralysing large parts of the economy. The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) tumbled to 40.3 last month, the lowest level since the survey began in 2004, and down sharply from the 51.1 reading in January as well as the 50-mark that separates growth from contraction.
Contract Awarded For New Border Wall System In The Rio Grande Valley
☆ Build That Wall, Build It Tall, Strong & Long
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded a contract to construct approximately 15 miles of new border wall system within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector located in Starr County, Texas. This project will include a 30 foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020, pending availability of real estate, in locations where no barriers currently exist.
☆ Sotomayor earlier accused GOP appointed Justices of being biased in favor of Trump.
Sen. Chuck Schumer took aim at Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, promising to make them “pay” as the pair is set to rule on abortion regulations.The abortion rally at which Schumer made his comments was attended by representatives from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, along with other liberal members of Congress.
☆ An Unaccountable Progressive Slush Fund Originally Created By Obama
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and four Republican colleagues say it’s time to “rein-in” the “lavish” salaries of hundreds of employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “The CFPB is a dangerously unaccountable agency, and its lavish spending on employee salaries is just one example,” Enzi said March 3 in a statement announcing the bill.
☆ An Islamic State Has No Business Being A NATO Partner
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Monday that “millions” of migrants would soon head for Europe and its open borders, making good on threats made over the past five years to send a flood of people into E.U. heartlands.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on track to win 59 seats for his bloc of right-wing and religious parties in Monday’s election, down by one from the 60 predicted by the initial exit polls. The new prediction leaves him two short of a majority in the Knesset.
Ghani, who was recently declared the winner of the presidential election after months of delay, said on Sunday that “it is not in the authority of the United States to decide” on the prisoner swap. Under the agreement, the U.S. and the Taliban are supposed to work toward releasing political and combat prisoners as a confidence-building measure.
☆ Another Affirmative Action Government Employee Success Story
An Ohio Democrat Councilwoman has been arrested and faces federal charges after she was accused of trying to sell votes for money. In particular, one vote may have sold for $15,000. Her name is Tamaya Dennard and she could face up to 50 years in jail and the mayor is also calling on her to refute the charges or resign from her position. Dennard was arrested Tuesday in the Downtown Starbucks and charged with honest services wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion, according to United States Attorney David DeVillers, who confirmed the news in a press release Tuesday afternoon.